Shippin' Out 7/24-28: Tekken: Dark Resurrection, Civ IV: Warlords

Big-time PSP fighter leads small-time lineup of games this week; arcade classic Galaga marks third Xbox Live Wednesdays download.

Tekken: Dark Resurrection is already a hit with critics--but will consumers also welcome it with open arms?

Namco Bandai will find out this week when the first Tekken game for the PlayStation Portable rumbles onto Sony's handheld on Tuesday. One of the game's standout features is its "ghost" mode, whereby players' fighting styles are recorded and mimicked by opposing CPU fighters. Dark Resurrection also includes local Wi-Fi fighting with only one copy of the game.

Before that, a double dose of Sid Meier will hit PCs on Monday. Civilization IV: Warlords is the first expansion pack to last year's well-received Civilization IV. Whereas the proper Civilization titles are turn-based real-time strategy games, this week's other title in the game's universe--CivCity: Rome--is a city-building strategy title from Firaxis Games and Firefly Studios that is inspired by the Civilization franchise.

Summer months mean summer movies, and this week's movie-to-game adaptation is based on an upcoming kid-friendly film--the only multiplatform release this week to boot. The Ant Bully is Midway and A2M's game version of Warner Bros. Pictures' digitally animated summer family flick for the PC, PlayStation 2, GameCube, and Game Boy Advance. The game's current-gen releases are tied to the film's theatrical debut this Friday, but a Nintendo Wii version is also in the works, slated for November 2006.

Summer months also mean a plodding release calendar in the game industry. A few weeks ago, Microsoft said it is trying to fill the void during the dry heat with weekly releases on Xbox Live Arcade, and this hump day the company will make good on its promise. Wrapping up the week early is Galaga, a port of the classic arcade shoot-'em-up and the third Xbox Live Wednesdays game released. Developed by Namco Bandai, Galaga will sell for 400 points--or about $5--on the Xbox Live Marketplace.

This week's new releases are listed below. The list is taken from retailer information, so actual dates may vary. Contact your local retailer for availability.

JULY 24
The Ant Bully (PS2, PC, GC, GBA)
CivCity: Rome (PC)
Civilization IV: Warlords (PC)
Nancy Drew: Danger By Design (PC)
Painkiller: Hell Wars (Xbox)

JULY 25
Atlantis Quest (PC)
Battle B-Daman (GBA)
Fuel (Xbox)
Sprint Cars: Road to Knoxville (PS2)
Summon Night: Swordcraft Story (GBA)
Tekken: Dark Resurrection (PSP)
WWII Combat: Iwo Jima (PC)

JULY 26
Earache Extreme Metal Racing (PC)
Galaga (Xbox 360--via Xbox Live only)

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Discussion

47 comments
wii___man
wii___man

doomsoth has got the idea PAINKILLER yes yes yes

rl_41
rl_41

yay more tekken. hehe, ive never heard of fuel before, but i checked and it doesnt release till august now...

mr_squibble
mr_squibble

Summon Night: Swordcraft Story is the only game this week I will be purchasing. Actually, it's ony the third release-week game I will have purchased new this year. The first and second being Me and My Katamari for the PSP and New Super Mario Bros. for the DS. I guess I really like portable gaming, LOL!.

faizali86
faizali86

this summer theres hardly any good games. civ4 and tekken are the only good ones on that list

Maquis_UK
Maquis_UK

tekken was poorly received in Japan. most would say the franchise is knackered, long past it sell by date. WAKE UP NAMCO, YOU'RE DREAMING !!!!!

anamnawshad
anamnawshad

One of my cousin already got Tekken (Japanese). He says it's awesome! I hope Painkiller: Hell Wars will be great.........I will get it if it gets 8+........

hemakm3
hemakm3

Tekken only game for me.

marioman50
marioman50

yay, I got my tekken wriststrap and control mod last wednesday and should be getting the actual game today. Oh btw, Woohooforme, unexpected? I've been waiting for this for a while. curse everyone who doesn't like tekken!!!!

faridmon
faridmon

i don't have a PSP, so i guess its summer drough for me, and oh yeah i don't have a XBOX, so no PainKiller for me, but that game looks awsome, its like sirous Sam but with Metal soundtrack.

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

*yawns* The slow times of summer. :(

VGMusicFreak
VGMusicFreak

its about time they release summon night. Ive been waitinf for that game for a while.

_Sam_
_Sam_

finally some good games

gogeta85
gogeta85

like i said tekken sux with no online all friends do it complain the button was stuck lol like my cousin

gogeta85
gogeta85

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niteowl74
niteowl74

Earache extreme metal racing? HELL YEAH!!! I hope they release the ps2 version. Bout time we got a metal game instead of all this urban hip hop stuff we've been force fed

DaemonRacer
DaemonRacer

More Civ!!!! The CivCity looks very interesting. Should be better than Caesar series.

gohantech00
gohantech00

I hope Painkiller for the Xbox is a great port of the PC game, because I've been keeping track of it for a long time. I've been hungry for a good old-fashioned shoot em up FPS for awhile now.

grnidbandit
grnidbandit

picking my copy of tekken in the morning

B-bad
B-bad

Oh yeah time for Tekken

slimrider94
slimrider94

Tekken will do really well, the graphics are crazy, I am most probably getting this game on launch unless Gamestop doesn't have it.

bryehngeocef
bryehngeocef

painkiller and fuel for me. oh,plus summon night. summer's not as slow this year

warhawk256
warhawk256

Already pre-ordered Tekken from EB! It comes with the ever-essential PSP d-pad attatchment.

o_sausage
o_sausage

GALAGA!!!! *rushes to go buy MS points*

NeoJedi
NeoJedi

Nothing good this week... bring on August!

PringerOtaku
PringerOtaku

I'll pick up Tekken sooner or later, but am eager to see if Summon Night is really great or not. RPG fans should look into it, because it looks very intriguing.

doomsoth
doomsoth

Yay for PainKiller finally coming out!

ryanmaxdog
ryanmaxdog

i wanna pick it up but no $$ lol

Inv_Machine
Inv_Machine

Gogeta85, if you hate playing Tekken alone, then why do you bother playing the game? Come on, now....... I don't know about you man, but I've got plenty of friends who's got PSPs. Maybe it's just you. =P

blackIceJoe
blackIceJoe

Tekken: Dark Resurrection will be a must buy seeing how well it got in scores.I hope to see it on the game charts.

woohooforme
woohooforme

Tekken's sort of the unexpected sucker punch, eh?

gogeta85
gogeta85

man whats the point of tekken now u can't go on the internet and fight someone,tekken is boring playing alone sux and not many people have friends with a psp so i don't know what sony and namco were thinking

Redstorm
Redstorm

I'm loooking forward to Tekken, will probably pick it up tomorrow. W00t